Windows For the Soul - Photography

When the light sucks, focus on the action.

Great! My first take at shooting this sport and the light is absolutely crappy. Dark, yellowish light that makes people look like they have a strange tan on them. Really, really hard to get proper white balance, specially without my colour checker. Well, I cannot say that I was surprised, I mean, I had been there before and I knew what I was going to find there. So, why would one go to such a place with such lousy light conditions? Well, I have been to one too many rhythmic gymnastics events and I must confess I am a bit fed up with shooting the same gymnasts, the same routines and from the same point of view, up from the stands, that is. Don’t get me wrong, those girls do amazing stuff, but after a whole season it gets a bit boring photographing the same stuff. This would be an opportunity to have a crack at shooting a different sort of action and from a closer point of view. Looking at the results I have to wonder whether these shots are decent enough. Most of the time I had to crank my ISO up to 5000 and even though the D600 is a great little camera for these high ISO shots, I cannot say that I am thrilled with the results. However, there is a handful of shots that I like for the fact that I think that they captured the essence of the sport, the action and the commitment of those kids. Truly amazing stuff is what they do and I can only hope that these photos can convey my amazement.
Note to self: check my wallet for some pocket change to get a D3S and a 200mm f/2...

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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @170 mm, ISO 5000, 1/500, f/2.8





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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @200 mm, ISO 5000, 1/640, f/2.8



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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @125 mm, ISO 5000, 1/640, f/2.8.




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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @125 mm, ISO 5000, 1/640, f/2.8.



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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @155 mm, ISO 5000, 1/640, f/2.8.


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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @135 mm, ISO 5000, 1/800, f/2.8.


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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @155 mm, ISO 5000, 1/800, f/2.8.



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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @112 mm, ISO 5000, 1/800, f/2.8




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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @185 mm, ISO 5000, 1/500, f/2.8

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Nikon D600, Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 @200 mm, ISO 5000, 1/640, f/2.8